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The limits to the growth of multinational firms in a foreign market

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  • Danchi Tan

    (Department of International Trade, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan)

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Theories of growth for firms have suggested that slow managerial growth is a major constraint why firms cannot grow faster. This paper is built on such a view and explores the factors that may influence the growth rate of Japanese firms in a given US industry. It is found that Japanese firms that allocated more internal and international managerial resources (proxied by expatriates) to their US operations tended to achieve higher growth rates. Japanese firms that were geographically diversified and those that spread their international investment projects evenly over time also achieved higher growth rates. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Danchi Tan, 2003. "The limits to the growth of multinational firms in a foreign market," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(8), pages 569-582.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:24:y:2003:i:8:p:569-582
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1129
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